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Cut Steve's Blatherings

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy!  The Modem Problem is Fixed!

      The laptop is back!  After sending it to HP, for hardware repair, all I have to do is re-install all the software it used to have.

      Of course, there was one glitch.  When I got "Stan" back, he couldn't find the wireless modem.  I tried to hook him to the modem by ethernet cable (the desktop, "Ollie," normally uses that).  But Stan couldn't find the modem.  So my newly repaired laptop was good for little except playing freecell.

      Tonite, I went to Circuit City, where Stan was purchased, and asked for help.  After some fumbling (the technician who looked at it first thought it was a hardware problem, but a senior tech intervened), he clicked "Start," brought up "My Computer," right clicked, clicked "properties," clicked the "hardware" tab, clicked the "device manager button," clicked the "network adaptors" plus sign, right clicked the wireless modem icon, clicked "update driver", and put the recovery disk I'd brought with me into the machine.  A few minutes later, and Bob's your uncle. (Well, when I got home, I had to type in the WEP password, but that was trivial).

      So, hurrah, hurrah, I now have a computer that works at a decent processor rate again.  Life is perfect, till tomorrow.  I will check whether I can connect Stan to the modem via the cable I bought Real Soon Now.

      Hope your computers are working well.

Thursday, August 18, 2005

Inadvertantly Funny Headlines

From the Best of the Web Today for August 17th.:

Dept. of Redundancy Dept.
"This is a crisis of crisis proportions for the DMV."--Janis Hazel of the District of Columbia Department of Motor Vehicles, quoted by the Associated Press, Aug. 17

They Really Ought to Leave This to Doctors
"Mo. Officials Probe Intestine Infections"--headline, Associated Press, Aug. 16

Drawing Snickers From the Restaurant at the End of the Universe
"Study Details Bar at Center of Milky Way"--headline, Associated Press, Aug. 17

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

My Laptop is Gone

      I hope to have it back next week, just when we get back from the trip I wish we could take it on.

      I'll be gone from Friday through Tuesday, up in more or less Northern Minnesota (though not the really far northern part that's in Canada).

Hope you're enjoying your summer.

Sunday, August 14, 2005


      The frustration level has been rather great at Casa St. Onge lately. The laptop, which I prefer to use because it is so much faster, and with wireless web connection, will need to go in for repair. Also, before I could get HP to agree to repair it, I had to reformat my hard disk, and now I can't get it attempt a wireless connection with the modem (and as I typed this, it occured to me I might need to run a driver disk so that the damn thing knows it can access the web via wireless; I'll try that in a minute).  Further, when I can use it, I can't use a mouse, as the damn USB ports won't recognize any hardware.

      Also, the computer will be gone at least a week, so I won't be able to take it with me when we go up to the North Shore (of Lake Superior) on Friday.  More frustration.

      Did read a good novel though.  The Dance of Time, by David Drake and Eric Flint.  The sixth and final novel in an sf alternate history featuring time-travelling intelligent machines from the far future, and the Byzantine General Belisarius, one of history's all-time great military geniuses.  If you'd like to check them out, you can get the first three free at http://www.baen.com/library/.  Just download An Oblique Approach, In the Heart of Darkness, and Destiny's Shield.  If you don't like science fiction, forget it, but if you do, you can get a whole bunch of free stuff as e-books at Baen, and the entire catalog for $4.00-to-$6.00 a copy. No annoying encryption schemes, either, and once you've bought it (assuming it isn't free), you can download it as many time as you'd like, in HTML, Word/Wordpad, MS Reader, Rocket/REB1100, or Palm/Win CE/Psion formats.  No encryption or another annoyances.  Baen's motto: 'The first hit is always free, kiddies!', and they've hooked me well.  The new novel won't be published till February, but I payed extra for an electronic advanced reader copy!

      Other than that, little to say currently.